What’s most struck me in watching Kardashian franchise reality shows like Kourtney & Kim Take New York and now Khloe & Lamar is that in these shows about the screechy, image-obsessed women, the men must cling to each other for support and in order to keep sane. I noticed it more and more on Kourtney & Kim, when Kris Humphries and Scott Disick would get into trouble mostly because they were bored with their controlling women and enabled each other into attending parties and getting smashed.
On last season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, you got a sense that Khloe Kardashian Odom and her husband Lamar Odom had taken in her kid brother Rob Kardashian while he got on his feet, but it wasn’t clear until last night’s premiere of Khloe & Lamar how deep of a relationship Lamar and Rob actually had.
As season 2 begins, Rob has decided to finally move out of Khloe and Lamar’s LA home, to get a “job” — his gig on Dancing with the Stars – and start to act like something approximating an adult. But he and Lamar spend the whole episode tiptoeing around each other and bitching to Khloe that the other isn’t paying enough attention to him. Rob wanted Lamar to be his supportive older brother, coming to watch him on DWTS. Lamar is hurt that Rob moved out in the first place. But God forbid they actually talk to one another about what’s hurting them! Seriously, their relationship is riddled with more misunderstandings than the convoluted plot of a romantic comedy.
Some of the things they say to or about each other are downright hilarious, even when taken in-context. Consider Lamar explaining his heartache to his wife:
Lamar: “I thought your brother and I had the relationship of men who love each other.”